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Newtown Township appoints supervisor


Meet David Oxley, Newtown Township’s newest supervisor.

Oxley was appointed at a special meeting of the board Jan. 29, selected from a group of others vying for the spot that included Angelic Acevedo, a voting member of the Newtown Human Relations Commission, planning commission member Mary Donaldson, and T.J. Butler, a Republican who ran for a seat on the board in last November’s general election.

“I’m really excited to be in this position,” said Oxley. “I want to put my own stamp on the township and working together, I know we can make things better.”

Oxley says he will work hard to keep Newtown safe, especially for the township’s youth.

“I want to help keep Newtown Township family-oriented and promote growth, though I think it has to be responsible growth.”

Oxley will fill the next two years of outgoing Linda Bobrin’s term. Bobrin resigned from the board in December after winning a countywide election as the Register of Wills. Oxley will have to make a decision next year whether or not he wants to run for election.

Originally from Hartford, Conn., Oxley has resided in Newtown for the past seven years. He’s a graduate of the University of Hartford where he graduated with a degree in politics and government.

Oxley works at Fulton Bank’s Floral Vale office in Lower Makefield where he oversees the brokerage division and handles wealth management.

Oxley’s appointment was ratified by a 3-1 vote, split along party lines with Democrats Phil Calabro, John Mack and Dennis Fisher voting in the affirmative. Republican Kyle Davis cast the lone no vote.

“I feel Mr. Oxley will bring a lot of work experience to the board,” said Phil Calabro, the board chairman. “He loves Newtown Township and to govern where you love is pretty important.”

John Mack, the board secretary and treasurer, had this to say of Oxley’s appointment.

“Mr. Oxley brings to the board extensive expertise in financial management combined with business development experience and volunteerism, which are perfect qualifications for the work that the board must do in the coming months. In particular, I hope that he will lead our effort to work with consultants, residents and the business community to solve the township’s deficit spending death spiral.”

Oxley comes to the board after working as a volunteer assistant on the financial committee since 2019. It was that group that helped acquire a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

With $40,000 in matching funds available from the state, the group was set to go ahead with an agreement to hire Econsult Solutions to come up with a five-year plan to help identify new revenue streams and improve the township’s fiscal status.

At a Jan. 22 meeting of the Supervisors, however, the board failed to approve a $69,000 contract with Econsult, which lists among its municipal clients the cities of Chester and Coatesville along with the borough of Colwyn (Delaware County, Pa.)

At the most recent session of the supervisors, the board reversed course and approved the contract.